For the United States government, the workers of the General Motors (GM) factory in Silao, Guanajuato, achieved a better labor contract and higher salary thanks to the use of the T-MEC mechanisms, that allow staff to defend their rights to freely choose the union that represents them.
The head of the Office of United States Trade Representative (USTR), Katherine Tai, said that GM workers legitimized the new collective contract through the Independent National Union of Workers of the Automotive Industry (Sinttia), which won the elections in August last year to another union attached to the Confederation of Workers of Mexico (CTM). “The good faith negotiations between GM and the new union at the Silao plant have resulted in a collective bargaining agreement that increased worker wages and demonstrates the significant benefits of a true contract.” With these actions, he said, it is observed that “the workers are not willing to tolerate more contracts that are signed behind their backs.”
The case had to do with the vote that took place in April 2021 to legitimize the collective bargaining agreement at the Silao plant, which was in the hands of the CTM union. The problem was that in those votes the workers accused illegalities.
They improve contract with defense mechanism
The USTR asked to activate the T-MEC’s rapid response mechanism in labor matters for “serious violations” of workers’ rights.
As a result, the vote was reinstated to legitimize the contract, which led to better conditions for the employees.